|Finland-Sweden joining NATO|
The head of intelligence at London-based McKenzie Intelligence Services, Louise Jones, predicts what will happen if Finland and Sweden join NATO. According to him, there are many things that might happen if the two Russian neighbors join NATO. Previously, Finland, which is usually neutral, on Thursday (12/5/2022) announced its movement regarding the offer to join NATO. Of course, this upset Russia. However, to understand the situation, Jones said it is necessary to look at the history of the formation of NATO. "To understand how big this step is, we have to really look at the history of NATO.
It was formed after the Second World War, mainly focusing on the countries of Germany, France, the UK and of course the US, which is very much from Western Europe." "The main goal is to fight the Soviet Union," said Jones, quoted by Sky News. But according to Jones, after the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s, Baltic countries such as Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, immediately signed up to become NATO members. "Countries like Finland and Sweden, which had maintained a fair amount of neutrality during the Cold War, they decided to continue that policy."
Jones added that joining the two countries would be a bad day for President Vladimir Putin. "This is not at all what he wants, the neutrality of Finland and Sweden suits him very well, and then he can focus further south." "But there's really very little he can do now, the horse has gone well and right," he explained. Former Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, has also warned Western countries if two neighboring countries, Finland and Sweden, join NATO. In addition, Medvedev also said, the increase in Western military support to Ukraine has contributed to the conflict between Russia and NATO.
According to him, these conflicts could carry the risk of turning into a full-scale nuclear war. "NATO countries pumping weapons into Ukraine, training troops to use Western equipment, sending mercenaries and training Alliance countries near our borders increase the possibility of direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia," he said in a Telegram post. Reuters. "Such a conflict always runs the risk of turning into a full-blown nuclear war."
"This would be a disastrous scenario for everyone," he added. As is known, Russia and the United States are countries that have the largest nuclear power in the world.
Russia has about 6,257 nuclear warheads. Meanwhile, the three NATO nuclear powers, from the United States, Britain and France, have around 6,065 warheads combined. This is according to the Washington-based Arms Control Association. Putin also said "special military operations" in Ukraine were necessary because the United States was using Ukraine to threaten Russia. To that end, Putin claims Moscow must defend against the persecution of the Russian people. Putin, who says Ukraine and Russia are essentially one person, called the war an inevitable confrontation with the United States.
Putin also accused the US of threatening Russia by interfering in its 'backyard' through NATO's eastward expansion. Ukraine says it is fighting imperial-style land grabs and that Putin's claims of genocide are nonsense. Ukraine says Putin's invasion only reinforces the desire of the Ukrainian people to turn west from Russia's orbit. Previously reported, the President of Finland, Sauli Niinisto said that Russian President Vladimir Putin should reflect if Finland officially joins NATO. Reported by Reuters, the Nordic country is expected to confirm whether or not to join NATO membership in the near future. Niinisto mentioned Putin when asked by reporters on the sidelines of his meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Helsinki. Johnson's trip to Finland is aimed at agreeing a defense cooperation pact.
"If that's the case, then my response is: you caused this. Look in the mirror," President Niinisto replied when asked about a possible hostile response from Russia if Finland chooses to join NATO. Russia has repeatedly warned Finland and Sweden against joining NATO, while urging the US-led Western military alliance to close its membership. According to Niinisto, Russia considers Finland to have no "will of its own" with its demands. Niinisto said Russia's invasion of Ukraine changed the situation, as it showed Russia was ready to attack its neighbors. According to a Reuters report, diplomats and officials said that Finland was expected to announce its intention to join NATO on Thursday, while Sweden was likely to follow suit.
NATO allies expect Finland and Sweden to be granted membership quickly, according to the sources of the five diplomats.
In the Nordic region, Norway, Denmark and three Baltic countries are already members of NATO. The addition of Finland and Sweden is likely to infuriate Russia. Moscow considers NATO's expansion a direct threat to its own security. Putin cited this issue as one of the reasons for his military aggression in Ukraine. Moscow has also repeatedly warned Finland and Sweden against joining the alliance, threatening "serious military and political consequences".